Young Choreographers SW scheme is open for new applications for 2015/16. If you are passionate about creating dance for performance or participation, if you love to be challenged and inspired, to meet international class choreographers and your peers, this is a fantastic programme. Five of the selected Young Choreographers will also have the chance to be mentored as they create or develop a new work to be performed in front of an industry audience.
For Young Choreographers South West 2015-16, two amazing residential intensive weekends are on offer:
Saturday 31 October / Sunday 1 November 2015
Laila Daillo and Marc Brew at Dartington: This YCSW residential offers exceptional choreographic input from two of the UK’s most exciting artists. Over the weekend you will have an opportunity to explore and discuss some of their working methods for generating and developing choreographic material. This unique weekend brings a rare opportunity to focus on your choreographic thinking under the guidance of Laila and Marc, in the inspiring setting of Dartington Hall.
Saturday 16 / Sunday 17 January 2016
Luca Silvestrini (Protein) and Dan Canham at Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth: The YC’s will work intensively to explore the connections between theatrical experiences and the everyday through original choreography, text, music and humour. Expect to be challenged, inspired and revitalised over a weekend by the sea!
Places are open to anyone based in the South West (see guidance below for a list of local authority areas). This call is open to previous Young Choreographers and those who would like to do it for the first time. We are committed to inclusive dance and encourage applications from disabled dancers.
Numbers are limited. There is a fee of £80 for each residential.
Applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and received no later than 12noon Monday 7 September 2015.
You will be informed if you have been successful on or before 22 September.
Download the application form below.
COST – £80
We can offer each residential for just £80 because dance development organisations have worked hard to raise the funds to pay the expenses. So you are making a serious commitment by applying to these courses. The cost is £80 residential – so £160 if you were to do both.
You are responsible for your own travel to and from activities and residentials to ensure you arrive in good time. We can offer a small number of £40 Bursaries to help people who want to attend and have to travel a long way – please make sure you tick the box on the form if you want to be considered for a travel bursary. These will be offered first to those who are travelling the longest distance.
We welcome applications from young people aged 18 – 24 years.
You must live in one of these local authority areas:
- Bath & North East Somerset
- Bournemouth & Poole
- Isle of Wight
- North Somerset
- South Gloucestershire
- You may be a dance leader yourself, still developing your skills.
- You may be studying Dance or you may have graduated in dance
- You may be a student or participant in a youth dance group.
- You must be interested in creating your own choreography not just performing others’.
You need to have a high level of fitness, a genuine passion for dance and a good level of dance experience, in any style.
WHAT’S ON OFFER
- Practical choreographic workshops and discussion with leading choreographers
- A chance to be selected for further mentoring and choreographic opportunities
- Full Board and Lodging on the Dartington Estate and gardens or in Bournemouth hotels and at Pavilion Dance
Best and safe practice in dance with young people at all times. Our Policy is available on our website
Five Young Choreographers will be selected to receive mentoring as they choreograph a new work and perform it to an industry audience in spring 2016. We shall advertise other opportunities for choreography or performance to Young Choreographers as they arise during the year.
You will become part of our Young Choreographers alumni network and we shall make sure our dance partners around the region know who you are and what you are doing. We shall also keep you in mind as and when opportunities arise.
Do note that our emphasis is on choreography for participatory work as well as performance. Many of you will earn some or all of your living by leading workshops for different kinds of people/work and it is as important that you use your creative choreographic skills in this environment as well as for professional performance.
ITINERARY FOR THE RESIDENTIALS
Saturday: Arrive by 11.00 – discussions, practical workshops, time to reflect, share, chat … sleep
Sunday: Further workshops and discussions starting straight after breakfast ending with a final sharing about 14.00. 16:00 – Depart
Young Choreographers South West is led by Pavilion Dance South West with support from Dance in Devon.